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Massive Catch-up - Corrosive Shame
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kneeshooter
kneeshooter
Massive Catch-up
This has, in some respects, been a long time coming. For various reasons I had a falling out with my PC, and was in such a navel-gazing self-indulgent mopey mood that the last thing I wanted to do was share it with the unwashed LJ masses.

Fortunately (unfortunately?) I'm over all that now, so some tales of what I've been up to since my last proper post on 5th July (cripes).

There was Maelstrom. This was remarkably pleasant considering I had to camp; I've put some photos up - and I managed to survive an incredibly hot weekend armed with a waterbottle and a silly floppy hat. Thankfully these events are getting easier as time goes on. The people who I work with are just so talented I sometimes have trouble spontaneously hugging them.

Then there was Rammstein. I've seen the show before, earlier in the year at Nottingham. This time was better in some respects (fewer idiots) but having seen the show before, and no support this time (Apocalyptica were great) meant that it wasn't quite as good an experience.

In a personal crusade against terrorrism I've been to London twice since the bombs started, in both cases without really thinking about it. The second time involved the launch of the grassroots[xposed] exhibition at the Boogaloo. I managed to effectively waste the networking opportunity by spending the time talking to my brother - pausing only to bemoan modern music and how all people seem to be interested in is floppy haired geeks and their guitars - rather than appreciating a good sequencer. This was accompanied by the admission that I do actually quite like Combichrist - despite having been none-too-bothered about seeing him at Infest previously. Oh well - tastes change.

There was a HoG party which was mostly fun. Some pleasant company, a very pleasant offer that hopefully might even be carried through. We shall see. Made marginally more amusing by another experience I'm not going to relate on LJ mind.

Oh, and the cause of my despair? Losing 150GB of photos in a hard drive mishap. This left me rather annoyed at the time. I've managed to get 99%+ of them back, and now have, shall we say, a better backup regime than I had before.

I now need to take more photos - sign up here!

Or at least I will after a weekend in a wet field dressed for the Mediterranean sunshine. Perhaps a slight miscalculation there.

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kantti From: kantti Date: July 28th, 2005 08:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Never underestimate the importance of a good backup regime.

(My nearly-completed-years-worth-of-work undergrad dissertation was on my computer, un-backed-up, and my flat got broken into. By some miracle they stole the computer with no data on it, and left the one with the dissertation, essays, and reports on it. Even now, thinking about it makes me shudder.)

kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: July 28th, 2005 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. It's the volume that gets me at the moment. The "long story" involves the recovery from the damaged HD taking about 36 hours at a time - and one of the new IDE drives I bought only lasting 5 days (time enough for me to recover the lost data onto it and clean it up) before it completely died.

Needless to say - I will be more rigorous - at least for a couple of months.

Now, I must get my "b" copy of the archived data offsite...
kantti From: kantti Date: July 28th, 2005 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Urgh. What a nuisance.

At work my machine backs itself up onto a server once a day, but it's harder to make that kind of system work at home. I don't have a home computer, so I don't have to worry about it yet. :)
kathbad From: kathbad Date: July 28th, 2005 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Totally different topic...

Hi there kantti

Bang Bar? 20th August? I am thinking of actually making it - much more likely to happen if I know that there will be people there whom I know!

Just a though.
kantti From: kantti Date: July 28th, 2005 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Totally different topic...

Ooh, that's a definite possibility. I'll make a note and confer with you closer to the time.
kathbad From: kathbad Date: July 28th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Totally different topic...

Fantastic!
kathbad From: kathbad Date: July 28th, 2005 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I am not sure that I would make a particularly good subject, but would always be interested...

One thought I have had (but it is only literally as I am typing that it is solidifying into an actual idea) is to have some sort of record of the change in my body shape and size as I lose weight, especially as there is still a way to go - does that present any interest to you?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: July 28th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm intrigued. What kind of ideas do you have for shooting it?
kathbad From: kathbad Date: July 28th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had not really thought about it any further than that, to be honest. In fact I do not know where to start in answering that question! Can you give any pointers about what sort of things you may mean and what sort of input you need from me?

I had looked at some of the shoots you have done and thought that I would love to have a shoot done, but I do not know how I will feel about any results - I know that my body image is a bit funny at the moment as I have changed shape so much with the weight that I have already lost.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: July 28th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are two ways to take it really. One is to go for the "art" type shot (like the majority on the portfolio) or the other is actually strip all the pretension away and do "identity parade/line-up" style. That would be very raw, and perhaps dehumanising or at least scientific rather than artistic.

Although being an active artistic choice makes it pretentious I guess...
uberredfraggle From: uberredfraggle Date: July 28th, 2005 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll always pose for more but guess you're bored of me by now. Maybe a dual shoot. Could you cope with that?
davefish From: davefish Date: July 28th, 2005 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Urgh, losing photos would be very bad, I'm glad that you managed to get them recovered.

Care to arrange some mutual off-site backing up (AKA giving each other DVD-R's to look after)

Oh, and doing shoots together should be getting easier, there are plans afoot :)
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: July 28th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I gave up on DVD-Rs - too many. I'll happily hold yours, but I suspect I'll put mine (on HD) elsewhere in Birmingham so it's easier to hand.

Thanks for the offer - and looking forward to the plans!
davefish From: davefish Date: July 28th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm finding DVD-R just about right. You dump a shoot on it after you get back, and thats one. When you do some processing on good images you save those onto another one, and try to squeeze another backup of a given shoot on there as well.

But I am thinking of a USB2 hard drive might help as well.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: July 28th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have four external USB2/Firewire IDE enclosures, each with a 200GB drive in it. So, that's 2x (200GBx2) backup sets, one for last year, one for this year so far.
davefish From: davefish Date: July 28th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yip, you take a lot more shots than I do!!!!
boglin From: boglin Date: July 28th, 2005 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and the cause of my despair? Losing 150GB of photos in a hard drive mishap. This left me rather annoyed at the time. I've managed to get 99%+ of them back, and now have, shall we say, a better backup regime than I had before.

I feel you pain brother. Though on a slightly smaller scale.

I now need to take more photos - sign up here!

If you're interested in working with animals it would be fun to have some of the rats - I can never do it without a handler and I'm the best person to handle mine.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: July 28th, 2005 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Check!
scratchmeharder From: scratchmeharder Date: July 28th, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Signing up... :P
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: July 28th, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're still on my list!
scratchmeharder From: scratchmeharder Date: July 28th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Rar :)
marcushill From: marcushill Date: July 30th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
"The people who I work with are just so talented I sometimes have trouble spontaneously hugging them."


I thought the problem with hugging most of the plot team was a combination of our girth and odour.
From: strangegothdude Date: August 2nd, 2005 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
if i may ask - how have you done your backups now? Mirrored Raid setup?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: August 2nd, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
2x200GB external drives for each set (currently at 2). One to be held offsite.
1x75GB external drive as the "live backup".

Although my current motherboard has RAID it kept cocking it up so I stopped using it.
From: strangegothdude Date: August 2nd, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
ah that sounds good. RAID is always screwing up on friends of mine...
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